By Laura Colvin
-Kuna Melba News Editor-
Dennis Shaun Read, 23, of Melba, died Sunday, June 24, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Shaun is survived by his parents, Dennis and Michelle Read of Melba, and his sisters, Amber (Tim) Wood, Andrea Read and Cindy Read.
A 2007 Melba High grad, Shaun loved lift kits and big wheels, and developed a passion for finding and fixing up vehicles at the knees of his father and uncles, said Barbara Shattuck, a close family friend who spoke on behalf of the Reads.
“In his younger years, Shaun would see an older vehicle in someone’s yard and he would ask his parents to stop and see if it was for sale so he could fix it up,” Shattuck said. “Shaun had a zest for life and loved his sisters and his family.”
In fact, she said, Shaun was on his way home Sunday afternoon after purchasing a vehicle he wanted to “tinker” with. He was driving the 1987 Chevrolet pickup east on Interstate 84 near milepost 13, when a front wheel came off the truck, causing it to leave the roadway and roll.
Shaun was ejected from the vehicle, which sustained extensive damage to the driver’s side, family members said.
Idaho State Police, who are investigating the crash, said Read was not wearing a seat belt. The accident occurred about 2:15 p.m. Sunday.
Police said Read was transported by air to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, where he succumbed to his injuries. Passenger Crystal Steffler, 19, of Boise, was transported to St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Ontario, Oregon and treated for minor injuries.
“This has been a terrible tragedy for all who knew and loved Shaun,” said Shattuck. “Many thanks go out to all who have said prayers, kind words and supported the family. Shaun, we thank you for showing those around you how to feel alive and for being the most incredible brother, friend, son and stranger to all.”
A viewing and service will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Saturday, June 30, at Melba High School, with services beginning at 11 a.m. Shaun will be laid to rest in the Melba Cemetery following the service.
“Go rest high on that mountain, son, ‘cause your work on earth is done. Go to Heaven a shoutin”
…May God bless our sweet brother, son and friend who will be in our hearts forever.